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KSP Collects 389 Pounds of Prescription Drugs During "Take Back" Initiative

Date of News Release: 09/28/2010

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 28, 2010) -- KSP reports that the National "Take Back" Initiative netted the agency 389 pounds of prescription drugs from those who wished to discard unwanted medications. Each of the sixteen KSP Post locations collected the drugs from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. this past Saturday.

The program, organized by the Drug Enforcement Administration, is intended to give people a safe and convenient way to part with unneeded medications.

KSP Commissioner, Rodney Brewer was pleased with the citizen turn out at post locations across the state.

"The shear volume of prescription drugs that were dropped off during a four-hour period is an indication that the citizens of Kentucky want to do their part to limit drug abuse in the Commonwealth" said Brewer.

"Prescription drugs containing controlled substances are being misused and abused at alarming rates, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose and addiction, making them a public safety issue," added Brewer.

Governor Steve Beshear commended the National "Take Back" Initiative and the impact it will have on Kentucky families.

"Pharmaceutical drugs, particularly controlled substances, taken without a prescription or doctor's supervision can be just as dangerous and addictive as illicit drugs," said Gov. Steve Beshear. "By cleaning out their medicine cabinets, parents help keep these drugs out of the hands of young people, and reduce the chance that they will be diverted or abused."

Brewer advised many people don't know how to dispose of prescription drugs properly and this program is a way for them to rid their homes of these medications.

"In many cases, prescription drugs remain in home medicine cabinets long after therapy has been completed, thus making these drugs easily accessible to others. This collection process gave citizens an avenue in which to safely dispose of drugs."

The KSP drop off locations accounted for sixteen of the 4,000 sites across the country that participated in the program.

Citizens who wish to report tips or suspicious drug activity can call KSP's confidential toll-free hotline at 1-800-367-3847.

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